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On Being a Moderator for the LCTG

Thank you for at least looking into becoming a Moderator for the group.

What does a moderator do?

The Moderator receives occasional emails asking them to do something. These include…

  • Moderate (approve or deny) posts by non-list-members (e.g. spam)
  • Process and approve (or not) requests to join the email list (also prevents improper use)

This is a low-overhead job (maybe 1 join request/month, maybe 3-4 message moderates/year)

Note that there are several Moderators, and one of them will be the Main Moderator who will handle most if not all of the requests. You would be a back-up and supporting Moderator, and would help (a) when you can, and (b) when the Main Moderator asks you to help (maybe the Main Moderator is away on vacation).

As an active moderator you will receive the Moderator Password to let you do Moderator activities. The page you visit to perform these duties is

A Day in the Life of a Moderator

  • Usually there's nothing Moderator-ish to do.
  • Occasionally you will get an email asking you to do something.
    • It might be asking you to allow or deny someone from posting a message to the group.
    • It might be asking you to allow or deny someone from subscribing to the group.

Moderating Postings

You've gotten an email asking if it should be sent to the list.

There are usually instructions in the message telling you what to do about it. You can also see and Moderate any pending posts by visiting webpage
You will need the Moderator password, ask Steve for it.
You can click on the number (e.g., [1] or [2]) associated with the message to see what it says and determine whether to Accept it or Discard it. (These should be the only options you ever need to use.)

That's it.

Allowing/Denying Subscriptions

You've gotten an email from someone asking to be added to the group list.
This message needs to have the following information:

  • Their full name
  • The town where they live
  • A brief introduction and telling why they'd like to be added to the email list
  • Topics they might present to the group

If any of this is missing or incomplete, the first task would be to respond to the requestor and ask for the additional information.

Once you've gotten all of the information and after you feel that they would be OK to add to the group, follow the instructions in the original email to add them to the email list.

Is there more to it?

As far as I know, that's all there is to it.

Am I on my own if I volunteer?

Nope. Not at all. The administrator (currently Steve Isenberg) and other experienced Moderators recognize the importance of you volunteering and will be there to make sure that you have the support you need to learn what has to be done and how to do it.

Do I get paid?

We don't pay in any legal currency, because we're not paid either.
We do pay in “Brownie Points” (pats-on-the-back) and the thank-you's you get for being a volunteer and helping us.

Thank you.

If you have questions, let Steve know, you can email him at:

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